The Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE), is Colorado’s first 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that assists low-income single families in gaining the skills and education necessary to transition off of public assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF), and gain long-term employment. CWEE’s purpose is to reduce poverty in Colorado by creating self-supporting families.
Alazia is a 25 year old single mother of two young daughters. She came to CWEE after a difficult separation from her youngest daughter’s father. Alazia was working a demanding schedule and was unable to afford childcare, transportation and housing after her separation. Alazia was attending community college, working part-time at Catholic Charities and attending CWEE’s classes. She was determined to lift her family out of poverty and become self-sufficient. CWEE assisted her with resources to get back on her feet. She completed all requirements and was a very positive role model to other participants. In her time with Catholic Charities, she shined and was promoted to Human Resources Administrative Assistant. Alazia is now working full-time.
Alazia won CWEE’s 2015 Outstanding Alumna Award at the Annual Luncheon for excelling in CWEE’s program. In her acceptance speech, she said, “There is no way I would be where I am now if it wasn’t for CWEE’s help and support. As a single parent, there are days when I truly struggle, but this award means the world to me because it means I’m on the right path.”
As one of CWEE’s most valuable partners, we celebrate the Women’s Connect group of OppenheimerFunds! In 2015, they were voted CWEE’s Outstanding Corporate Partner. Many Employees of OppenheimerFunds donate to CWEE and match their donations through the OppenheimerFunds Legacy Foundation. They volunteer at CWEE, sorting donations at the Boutique, and conduct one-on-one mock interviews, and career panels. Their hands on approach to direct impact has long lasting positive implications for CWEE’s students. They continue to invest in many other ways. In January 2016, the volunteered to paint CWEE’s classrooms and most recently hosted a group of CWEE’s participants for a career exploration tour at their headquarters which included limousine service to OppenheimerFunds’ campus, lunch, a campus tour, job shadows and mock interviews. OppenheimerFunds promotes career pathways for its employees and provides time and resources for volunteers to invest in the community. It’s through these efforts that OppenheimerFunds supports and inspires CWEE students to pursue their career goals. Thank you!
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